A 'Live Earth' Concert Sequel Is Coming This Summer
Here’s something to be ‘happy’ about. Pharrell Williams and former Vice President Al Gore are teaming up to bring a second “Live Earth” concert series to a global audience.
The pair made the announcement along with Live Earth founder, Kevin Wall, at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Feb. 4.
“Instead of just having people perform, we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once,” Williams said onstage of the performances that will take his mega-hit song, “Happy,” and have its strains heard across all seven continents (yes, including Antarctica) to an estimated audience of 2 billion people on June 18.
Gore said the impetus behind the shows is “to have a billion voices with one message — to demand climate action now.”
The hope is to bring the issue of climate change to the mainstream ahead of a U.N. meeting about global warming scheduled for December in Paris. Reps from more than 190 nations are intended to appear in the City of Lights to sign and agree to a U.N. climate change pact.
The first “Live Earth” concert series was in 2007, and featured performances Sydney, London, Kyoto and Rio de Janeiro, where Williams himself performed. There was a sequel to “Live Earth” planned for India back in 2008, but was unfortunately canceled after the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
“I think you guys know how serious the global warming thing is, and so for us we’re taking it very seriously, and we want to do something very different this time,” Williams said.